The Bruins scored the only goal of the second period to take a 3-1 lead. They went on the power play at 0:39 after Brian Campbell was called for hooking, and struggled with the man advantage, failing to land a single shot for most of the two minutes.
But with eight seconds remaining on the power play, the Bruins broke through. Chris Bourque gained the zone with speed and dished to Paille. Paille didn’t get much on his shot, but Chris Kelly was in position to find the puck. Kelly buried the close-range shot at 2:30 for his first goal of the season.
Milan Lucic racked up 14 penalty minutes later in the second. Lucic didn’t like being hit from behind by Mike Weaver and retaliated by cross-checking Weaver. Lucic was called for cross-checking and roughing. From the box, Lucic continued to yell at referee Chris Lee. During a stoppage, Lee tagged Lucic with a 10-minute misconduct.
The Bruins grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period. They executed an offensive-zone faceoff play to score the game’s first goal. David Krejci won the draw against Marcel Goc. Krejci pulled the puck back to Lucic. The left wing gathered the puck and snapped a shot past Jacob Markstrom at 7:57.
The Bruins doubled their lead at 13:52. Brad Marchand started the play by driving down the left wing, pulling up, and waiting for support. Zdeno Chara was open inside the blue line and took Marchand’s pass. Chara performed a spin-o-rama to open up space, then pulled the puck to his backhand. Markstrom had the angle, but Chara backhanded the puck over the goalie’s glove to give his club a 2-0 lead.
The Panthers halved Boston’s lead at 15:38. Drew Shore hammered a shot that Adam McQuaid blocked. But Shore found the rebound, drove the net, and looked for Tomas Kopecky sneaking backdoor. With the Bruins scrambling, Kopecky tapped the puck past Tuukka Rask to make it a 2-1 game.